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An uncertain faith

An uncertain faith is the title of the manuscript I am currently working on. It refers to an alternate definition of faith to that used by atheists to dismiss religious believers, namely, belief without evidence. In this book I argue that for many believers in many religious communities, faith cannot possibly mean belief without evidence, because faith and evidence occupy entirely different logical categories. Whereas evidence supports the relative certainty of propositions, faith concerns beliefs about which no level of certainty is possible. Such beliefs are simply not held up to the same standards as propositional beliefs, and yet can still occupy a great deal of our emotional and cognitive experience. Over the next months I will try to touch on various aspects of the book's argument in this blog.

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William Egginton is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at the Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches on Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy. He is the author of How the World Became a Stage (2003), Perversity and Ethics (2006), A Wrinkle in History (2007), The Philosopher's Desire (2007), The Theater of Truth (2010), and In Defense of Religious Moderation (2011). He is also co-editor with Mike Sandbothe of The Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy (2004), translator of Lisa Block de Behar's Borges, the Passion of an Endless Quotation (2003, 2nd edition 2014), and co-editor with David E. Johnson of Thinking With Borges (2009). His most recent book is The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered In the Modern World (2016).